PHILIPPI, W.Va. -- Alderson-Broaddus College is leaving the West Virginia Conference to join the new Great Midwest Athletic Conference next year.
"I would like to thank the G-MAC and its conference commissioner, Tom Daeger, for extending us the invitation,'' says Alderson-Broaddus President Rick Creehan. "We are grateful for the opportunity to join a new conference of like-minded, predominantly private institutions, with solid plans for growth and outstanding leadership under Commissioner Daeger.''
An NCAA Division II membership committee approved the Indianapolis-based conference earlier this year. Charter members of the conference are Cedarville University, Central State University, Kentucky Wesleyan College, Trevecca Nazarene University, Urbana University and Ursuline College.
Alderson-Broaddus is adding 10 sports in the next two years, bringing its offerings to 22 teams. Football will compete as a club sport this fall and as a full-fledged sport in 2013. Other sports debuting in 2012-13 are men's and women's lacrosse, women's tennis and men's volleyball. Sports starting in 2013-14 are wrestling, men's and women's swimming and men's and women's golf.
With the assistance of G-MAC leadership, Alderson-Broaddus has already begun exploring an affiliate membership for football in other conferences.
"We are very enthusiastic about the future of A-B and our athletic programs,'' said Battlers athletic director Dennis Creehan. "We look forward to competing with these schools and building new relationships. With our all-time high freshman class moving in this weekend and our athletic department continuing to expand, the time to be a Battler has never been more thrilling than now.''
In June, nine football-playing members of the WVIAC announced they were leaving next year to form a new all-sports league.
But Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Commissioner Steve Murray says that one of those schools, Seton Hill, along with fellow WVIAC member Pitt-Johnstown, are expected to accept invitations to join the PSAC.
The other schools announcing their departure in June were the University of Charleston, Concord, Fairmont State, Glenville State, Shepherd, West Liberty, West Virginia State and West Virginia Wesleyan. School presidents said they expect to begin competing in the new league during the 2013-2014 academic year.
The departures would leave the WVIAC with four members: Bluefield State, Davis & Elkins, Ohio Valley and Wheeling Jesuit.